Shiny Toy Guns' marriage of the electronic and the organic goes beyond their instrumentation. For a decade, the band has been busy developing at least two personalities in tandem: on the one hand, there are the fierce, dance-diva vocals of glitter-painted Carah Charnow and the synth landscapes they travel. On the other, there's co-singer Chad Petree, who often trades tartness for a more direct style familiar to fans of '90s alt-rock and emo.
Since 1908, Anhalt Dance Hall has drawn crowds to two-step and do-si-do to traditional Texas tunes on a sprawling wooden dance floor. In December, the club will host Rocky King & Dance Hall Cowboys, who follow in the bootsteps of such Texas greats as Ray Price and Western swing forefather Bob Wills. The energetic strains of twin fiddles and steel guitar lure audiences to twirl around the 103-year-old dance floor, showcasing their shuffle-step and triple axel. Dancers can refuel with BYO snacks or stop by the bar for a cold beer or wine cooler (not included).
Ara Celi and Robert Godines founded Matador Men's Grooming after gaining years of experience as Rooster's franchisees. They wanted to bring the same quality of service to a venue that felt a little more local, like a classic barber shop. They and their barbers still partner dashing, close-cropped haircuts with shaves, head and face massages, and hot towel wraps. They also offer waxing services particularly focused on grooming the eyebrows, and hair tinting to banish the flecks of grey that show up as people age or slowly become statues.
Dulce Vida serves a flavorful menu of authentic Mexican cuisine drawn from a variety of regions and crafted with the finest ingredients. In a soothing environment of palm fronds, decorative pillars, and an airy outdoor patio, guests can instigate a food fiesta with an appetizer of guacamole fresco ($7.99), mixed right at the table with your choice of cilantro, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions, and avocados. After a bowl of tortilla soup ($7.45) with white cheese and chicken or a mango-chicken salad ($10.95), patrons can chew on the pollo al cilantro’s ($15.45) grilled chicken breast coated with creamy cilantro sauce and then wash it down with a rich flan ($6.25) for dessert. On the weekends, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., guests can snag pancakes and eggs ($7.25) with a freshly squeezed goblet of orange juice ($2.75) from the breakfast menu.
Large parties of friends, sports teams, and roving gangs of spurned jurors can all cozy up easily at The Bubble Room's long bar or in their chandelier-festooned dining room. The restaurant's flat-screen TVs and gilded mirrors ensure there's always something, someone, or some ghost to watch throughout each meal.
While technically and metaphorically a chain restaurant, Houlihan's bedazzles its chain with glitter and winsome intrigue, boldly preparing every last bite of its savory fare by hand. Hosts of diverse ingredients culminate inside one open kitchen where professional food handlers slice, sauté, marinate, and arrange food to its tasty and aesthetic best, allowing each meal to display its individuality before being broken down into individual nutrients for absorption in the body. Casual dining is elevated by meticulously designed restaurants that pepper a patron's experience with a playlist of hand-picked tunes and customer-designed coasters that give a voice to condensation-catchers.
Amid GameTown Pizza's mélange of arcade consoles and analog challenges, chefs sculpt dough for New York–style pizzas and ensconce zesty ingredients within calzones and strombolis before baking them golden on sizzling pizza stones. The bustling game room challenges competitors to bouts of air hockey, basketball, and invigorating redemption games, whose ribbons of tickets garner well-earned trips to the prize counter. Party planners can host savory shindigs within the arcade's private party room, whose whimsical yellow walls display flat-screen TVs ideal for celebratory slideshows and virtual-reality birthday cakes alike.